[Photos courtesy of The Scout Association]
Scouting offers young people and adults the opportunity to develop through challenge and adventure, whilst having a positive impact on their communities.
What is Scouting?
The Scout Association is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. They change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others by making a positive impact in communities.
Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential and develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. They help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.
Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.
Find out more at scouts.org.uk.
Where will I volunteer?
Scouting is a global organisation with a total membership of over 31 million, with members active in 216 countries and territories.
Locally, there are opportunities with numerous units in Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington.
When will I volunteer?
Weekly meetings are between 1-2 hours long depending on the age you would like to volunteer with and take place on evenings throughout the week. Search for opportunities here.
Behind the scenes you can get involved by planning meeting programmes, supporting in the organisation of camps or other events, or helping backstage in WAGS (Warwickshire Gang Show), a piece of theatre starring scouts of all ages.
As an adult leader you'll need to undergo a dbs check.
No experience necessary!
Volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts through opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship. There is an award-winning training scheme for volunteers, which means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. It focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer.
Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.
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